The Rose Code
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Published March 9 2021 by William Morrow
The brand-new novel from the internationally bestselling author of The Huntress and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Alice Network 1940.
Three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, and puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets.
Imperious self-made Mab, product of east-end London poverty, works the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Awkward local girl Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles beneath her shy exterior. 1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, three friends-turned-enemies are reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter–the key to which lies buried in the long-ago betrayal that destroyed their friendship and left one of them confined to an asylum. A mysterious traitor has emerged from the shadows of their Bletchley Park past, and now Osla, Mab, and Beth must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together…
As the nation prepares for the royal wedding they must race against the clock to save one of their own.
Kate Quinn has done it again, if you loved the Alice Network you will definitely want to add The Rose Code to your TBR list.
“Come on Rose, open up.” Beth remembered why she had called the cipher Rose to begin with, the way it felled into itself, overlapping and secretive.
This is a story about the journey of three very different women, how they became friends, what tore them apart and how their lives were forever changed by their work at Bletchley Park. I really enjoyed a lot of aspects to this book. The take on women’s rolls in this time, the different challenges that they faced simply for being women and how they overcame some things and how other problems could possibly be too big to overcome.
The dual timelines kept my interest since it’s a time period most of us know quite well having this mysterious and devastating incident unfold was intriguing. I liked all of the main characters and was fully invested in them and their stories. This book will break your heart and put it back together, stronger than before.
About the Author
Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia.
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